Elizabeth Ferry explores how members of the Santa Fe
Cooperative, a silver mine in Mexico, give meaning to their labor
in an era of rampant globalization. She analyzes the cooperative's
practices and the importance of patrimonio (patrimony) in
their understanding of work, tradition, and community. More
specifically, she argues that patrimonio, a belief that certain
resources are inalienable possessions of a local collective passed
down to subsequent generations, has shaped and sustained the
cooperative's sense of identity.
Subjects: Anthropology, Sociology
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